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Buffalo Bills News - February 1, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills Wallpaper: February 2001 Edition [11:25 PM]
TBD reports: Get your February 2001 edition of our great wallpaper. This artwork was created by a Bills fan for Bills fans!!! Download your copy today!

Marker Patriots want signing money back [10:10 PM]
ESPN reports: After the blizard game vs. the Bills on December 18 last year, Patiots CB Ty Law got caught with the illegal drug Ecstasy. They want to get the signing bonus returned but they DO NOT want to release him. That is one unusual way of clearing salary cap space.

Marker Agreement in place, Bills will hire Williams as new coach [10:08 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The salient news in this column is that Donahoe plans on sticking to his earlier statement that he will not offer more than $1 million/year for a 1st year head coach. According to this article, Williams will be offered a 3 year, $3 million contract. Williams did not complain when Donahoe laid out the parameters by which a new coach would be selected.

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Titans’ Williams to be head coach [9:12 PM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Williams is expected to hire Titans' defensive backs coach Jerry Gray as his defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills hire Williams as next head coach [8:56 PM]
AP reports: '"Gregg brings to our franchise a long list of impressive credentials,'' Bills president Tom Donahoe said Thursday. "His strengths are in the areas of leadership, knowledge of the game, organizational skills and people skills."'

Marker Ravens win again [8:52 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Baltimore Ravens' chances of repeating as Super Bowl champions just gained a boost from an unexpected source. Buffalo.'

Marker Bills to name Titans defensive coordinator head coach [2:51 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: "We have been hearing whispers, but then we got the official word from (Donahoe) about 30 minutes ago, that he was going with Gregg Williams," agent Ray Anderson, who represents Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, told "It was a brief phone call and one that didn't make us very happy."

Marker Bills tab Titans' Williams to succeed Phillips [2:03 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have hired Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as their 12th head coach. New Bills GM Tom Donahoe informed runner-up candidate Marvin Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator, of the news via telephone about 1 p.m. ET, according to a source.'

Marker Ravens tug at Lewis to stay [1:49 PM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Reportedly the top candidate, Lewis said there were family considerations that would weigh in any decision he makes to leave Baltimore, where he has been the Ravens' coordinator the past five seasons.'

Marker Titans' defensive coordinator to be named [1:11 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have settled on Gregg Williams to be their new head coach, pending a contract being worked out. A news conference is expected to take place Friday in which Williams will be named head coach... Gregg Williams, the Titans' defensive coordinator, is the surprise frontrunner for the Bills' head coaching job.'

Marker (Name Of Coach Here) Must Go [9:10 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'the only things clear about the Buffalo Bills' coaching situation were that Tom Donahoe's choice may be introduced to Ralph Wilson on Thursday for final approval and that Marvin Lewis' agent doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut...'

Marker Bills don't raise prices [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team has not yet announced when individual game and group tickets will go on sale. The 2001 home schedule will include games against the four AFC East rivals, along with Pittsburgh, Seattle, Carolina and New Orleans.'

Marker Titans' Williams may be front-runner [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two well-placed front-office sources from NFL teams told The Buffalo News that Lewis' interview with Bills President Tom Donahoe on Monday evening did not go well.'

Marker Bills Seem to Favor Fox for Job as Coach [7:57 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Most surprising, Marvin Lewis, the defensive mastermind of the Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens, appears to have dropped out of the mix. There are a number of variables that have affected Lewis's candidacy, including a significant raise he was recently offered by the Ravens' owner, Art Modell.'

Marker Redskins Add a Schottenheimer [7:46 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Phillips took Schottenheimer's decision in stride. He has been the head coach of the Denver Broncos and the Bills, and has had great success as an NFL defensive coordinator. He interviewed with Schottenheimer on Monday and Tuesday, and received the news from Schottenheimer by telephone yesterday.'

Marker Schottenheimer keeps it all in the family [7:45 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Washington Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer yesterday picked his brother, Kurt, over Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator...'

Marker Fox Waits to See If He Fits the Bill [7:40 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'This is as close as he's ever been to a head job. Although speculation in Buffalo has Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis as the frontrunner, Fox remained hopeful based on his feeling about his interview with Bills GM Tom Donahoe.'

Marker Fox remains upbeat after talk with Bills [7:39 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Fox had to put on a good face Tuesday, as he met with Buffalo GM Tom Donahoe for nearly five hours at the airport Hyatt Hotel near Pittsburgh. Fox came away feeling good about his interview but he knows he faces stiff competition for the Bills' vacant head-coaching job.'

Marker Giants' Fox Awaits Word From Buffalo [7:38 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'As of 9 p.m., Fox had not heard from the Bills, but earlier in the evening, another top candidate, Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, was told there would be no decision until today at the earliest.'

Marker Schonert joins staff to coach quarterbacks [6:12 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Schonert, who played for the Bengals and Falcons, joins Carolina after serving the past three seasons as Buffalo's quarterbacks coach. With the Bills, he tutored Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson.'

Marker Williams emerges as front-runner for Bills head coaching job [6:08 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's WIVB-TV, citing an undisclosed source in Nashville, reported Wednesday night the Tennessee Titans' defensive coordinator is the choice of Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe.'

Marker Bills expected to hire Titans' Williams today [6:06 AM]
Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports: 'Williams has been on the Oilers/Titans' staff since 1990, when he was hired as a defensive aide.'

Marker Williams vaults to top of list for Buffalo job [6:03 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'But with more time to prepare for interviews with both Cleveland and Buffalo, Williams may have outperformed the competition.'

Marker Donahoe appears interested in Williams [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'The underpublicized defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans has emerged as a surprisingly strong contender, and he could be offered the job this morning by Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe.'

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January 31, 2001

Marker Panthers pick Schonert as quarterbacks coach [8:47 PM]
AP reports: 'Schonert spent the past three seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills hold line on season ticket prices [8:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Considered among the most affordable in the NFL, Bills season tickets will continue to range from $30-46 a game -- up to a $7 savings off individual game-priced tickets.'

Marker Bills hold line on ticket prices [7:56 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team's ticket prices, already among the most affordable in the National Football League, will not increase for the 2001 season. Once again, Bills tickets will range in cost from $30-46 per game for a season ticket...'

Marker Funny reporting at WGR55 [4:51 PM]
reports: Is Lewis in or is Lewis out? WGR55 previously announced that the AP in Baltimore was reporting that Lewis was hired as the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Only a short time later, WGR retracted that statement. Mass confusion in Buffalo! Hide your lawn ornaments to prevent the looting!

Marker Wade Phillips denied Redskins coordinator position [4:18 PM]
reports: Sports talk WGR55 is reporting that Redskins' head coach, Marty Schottenheimer, has taken a pass on the services of Bills' former head coach Wade Phillips. Phillips had just completed an interview for the defensive coordinator position this week. Schottenheimer selected his brother, Kurt, to fill the position instead.

Marker Ravens' next task is keeping stars [4:12 PM] reports: 'While we sit and wait... Art Modell recently said the Ravens are $14 million above the cap and will have to restructure some contracts. Unrestricted FAs include QB Dilfer, LB Sharper, S Herring, P Richardson, G Flynn, C Mitchell, FB Gash, RB Holmes.'

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